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Robin | 1 comments We are planning a trip to Greece (athens, santorini, greek isles). Any terrific recommendations for fiction, historical fiction, non-fiction to read to prepare, inform, entertain before leaving?

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I have an interest in theatre so I would be tempted to re-read the Greek Plays (Aeschylus and Aristophanes) and then go check out the ruins of one of the great Greek stages! I'm not sure, but I think some ruins stage the ancient plays every once in a while...

MIDDLESEX (by Jeffrey Eugenides) is primarily set in the US; but there is a some backstory set in Greece and the whole of the story is a Greek tragedy in style.

Zorba the Greek (by Nikos Kazantzakis) is a modern classic (though admittedly I have not read it yet) about a guy who remakes himself from an introvert into an extrovert.

There are about a half dozen mysteries set in Greece which you may want to check out as well:

Hope that helps

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Debbie (kaelesa) | 39 comments I remember reading The Moonspinners by Mary Stewart many years ago and enjoying the setting on the isle of Crete.

The Disney movie version with Hayley Mills, while enjoyable, is not much like the book at all (big surprise).

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Marly | 152 comments My husband and I got married in Greece 25 years ago and one of the books we loved was Fodor's Greek Islands, 1st Edition: With the Best of Athensit was loaded with escellent tips on what to see and where to stay and how to save some money. That was very key back in the day. I'm sure you will love your trip, this is a wonderful time of year to visit.

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